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Chiang Rai

Chiang Rai, 785 kilometres north of Bangkok, is situated on the Kok River basin in the heart of the Golden Triangle. Thailand's northernmost province, Chiang Rai is a major tourism gateway to Myanmar and Laos. Majestic mountains and antiquities attest to Chiang Rai's prosperous past civilisation. It is home to several hill tribes with fascinating ways of life.

Popular attractions in Chiang Rai include Chiang Saen, an ancient capital facing Laos, and the mountaintop Wat Phra That Doi Tung, and seven major, once-itinerant hill tribes of Tibeto- Burman origin. Visitors to Chiang Rai also have a wide range of hiking and trekking options. Two to six-day treks take visitors through forested mountains and high meadows in the lower extremities of the Himalayan foothills. The best time to visit Chiang Rai is in winter (November to February) when the air is cool and refreshing and beautiful flowers are in bloom.

The King Mengrai Festival is held annually in honour of the founder of Chiang Rai and the Lanna Thai Kingdom. The Chiang Rai Songkran Festival, held in April, is a unique festival where four nations (Thailand, Laos, China and Myanmar) compete in boat races on the Mekong River. Lychee Fair is held annually in May. Exhibitions of handicrafts such as hand-woven cotton materials, dresses and hill tribe silver ornaments, as well as wood-carving products are on display, together with other popular local food and produce from various royal projects such as naem and mu yo (preserved and fermented pork sausages), lychee, pineapple, tea and others.